Please know that as I type this out, this is definitely as much for me as anyone else! You are reading the words of someone who ordered chicken fingers from every restaurant for at least the first 12 years of her life! Change is hard!
I think that is one of the reasons that the teaching profession was so appealing for me. In education courses, one of the first topics we discuss is how important it is to establish routines in our classrooms. Children feel safety and comfort with routines. I would go further to say that adults also feel safety in routines.
Perhaps the greatest difficulty over the past year and a half is that all our previous routines and comforts of living have been completely turned upside down. What was once a “normal” activity now feels or looks different. What was once a safe daily ritual, now has become quite complicated.
I heard a song last night that reminded me of the fact that change is hard for everyone, but it is at these moments when we must adapt or change that can in fact be quite positive, if we will let it.
“…That’s what so great about change. There’s always the hope we can be something better than we are. It’s not too late… This is how we grow. Blossom burst, melting snow, find another way to learn… Reimagine, rearrange. See ourselves through others’ eyes.”
So, I am determined to do my very best to dwell on how I can grow from change. Will I choose to let change bring about fear, resentment, and anger? Or will I choose to let change grow feelings of hope, trust in the Lord, and patience in His plan?
Because we can rest in the truth that the Lord never changes. He is our comfort; He is our safety! While our world is turned upside down, the Lord remains steadfast. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23
My hope and prayer is that while the world struggles with fear, anger, resentment, Christians will choose to follow these words from Jesus:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And, the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:37-39
Amid a world of change, I am doing my best to choose to Love the Lord and Love my neighbor and grow daily in my Love for both.